The world’s largest purchaser of LNG has now become a major stakeholder in Houston-based Freeport LNG. Reese Energy Consulting today is following the latest news from Japan’s JERA Co., which will acquire a 25.7% interest in Freeport for $2.5 billion. The deal adds to JERA’s 25% share of Train 1, which supplies 2.32 mtpa of LNG exported to Japan and other importing countries. The country last year imported a combined 74.4 million tons from the U.S., Australia, Malaysia, Qatar, Russia, and Indonesia. Freeport, the nation’s second-largest LNG producer at 15+ mtpa, launched operations on its third train in May 2020 with expansion plans for a fourth that is fully permitted and shovel-ready. Total cost of the facility is estimated at $14 billion. The company also distinguishes itself as the only U.S. LNG producer to use electric motor-driven technology to emit 90% less CO2 compared to gas turbines. JERA was formed in 2014 to promote the country’s transition from coal through global acquisitions and alliances to achieve zero CO2 emissions by 2050. JERA Americas is headquartered in Houston.
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Freeport LNG Development, L.P. was formed in 2002 to develop, own and operate an LNG terminal on Quintana Island, near Freeport, Texas. The terminal started LNG import operations in June 2008 and began LNG export operations in 2019.